The UFC has done it again with another stacked PPV card with UFC 102. We will see another classic battle between a legend in the UFC and a legend in Pride. On one hand we have an American Olympic wrestler and on the other we have a Brazilian Brazilian Jiu Jitsu master. For the Co main event we have a nice little battle of two tough lightheavyweight contenders working their way to a title shot in Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine and Thiago Silva. Not only do we have this people, we have a very interesting bout between 2 Middleweight contenders that can see Anderson “The Spider” Silva just one fight away in Nate “The Great” Marquardt and tough bjj speacialist Thiago Silva. We will also see with this card if the “The Polish Experiment” Krzysztof Soszynski can beat Brandon Vera to just become “The Polish Dude Who Whoops on People”. But again all these questions will be answered on saturday so lets get to the picks.
Main Event Fight: Randy “The Natural” Couture vs Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira – This is going to be a huge action fight that I just don’t see ending early. Both men in my opinion and in most would say that both men in this bout are past their prime but I also think both men want this fight. My pick will be Randy Couture def Nogueira via decision. This is my pick bc Randy is a great wrestler and I believe that his to control will hold off any Nogueira submission.
Pick: Couture def Nogueira via Decision
Co Main Event: Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine vs Thiago Silva – This is an interesting fight that is a toss-up. Jardine has a different style of fighting that people have trouble getting use to but Thiago has been knocking out people left and right. Since both men like to stand up and Thiago has more knock outs….
Pick: Thiago Silva def Keith Jardine via TKO
3rd Fight of Night: Chris Leben vs Jake Rosholt – I have to be honest here people, I’m not very interested in this fight but I have done my homework ofcourse. This fight I think will go the 3 rounds with Jake Rosholt using his wrestling to hold down the veteren Chris Leben who recently lost to Michael Bisping.
Pick: Jake Rosholt def Chris Leben via Decision
4th Fight of Night: Nate “The Great” Marquardt vs Damian Maia – This fight is almost as exciting as the main event except for one thing, I don’t think anyone in this division can beat Anderson Silva (except for Dan Henderson). But still Marquardt is a legend and Damian Maia can beat even top heavyweight competitors in BJJ so wow what a fight. I am a true believer in newer up and coming fighters these days so I would have to go with…………
Pick: Damian Maia def Nate Marquardt via submission
5th Fight of Night: Brandon “The Truth” Vera vs Krzysztof “The Polish Experiment” Soszynski – This fight will be exciting to see where my Canadian boy is at in this sport. He took this fight on very short notice so we shall see.
My Pick: Brandon Vera via decision (This pains me to pick other than a Canadian)
Let’s see what hapens this Saturday August 29th and also keep up with the undercard because my fellow Canadian big man Tim Hague is going to take on Todd Duffee in his 2nd debut in the Octagon.
– That MMA Guy